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Little Rock adventure

Last weekend we took an extended weekend to take our children to the World Championship American Tae Kwon Do Association.  We decided to leave a few days early, and see what there was to see in Little Rock.  Our initial impression, not much.

Every museum that would appeal to a family with kids that was listed in the hotel book they give you, when looked up on the internet either said “Closed” or “Under Renovation”  Really?  I would think that renovations would be best in the fall or winter, but maybe they see mostly school children, so what do I know.  So then we looked up things to do in Little Rock and got the same responses.  And in fact, we found a blog that even said, “Don’t bother to look for things to do in Little Rock, because everything is either under renovation or closed.”  Apparently the blogger was as frustrated as we were.  (I do apologize for not citing this blogger correctly, but since I only remember the comment, I don’t know who to give credit to)

 

So we decided to try the GPS.  It suggested the Toltec Archeological Park.  Having nothing else to do, we drove the 15 miles out of Little Rock and gave it a try.  Toltec is an ancient Indian set of mound of which only three remain, the rest were knocked over by farmers, but there are two trails you can walk, and it is fairly cheap, so if you are in Little Rock, it is definitely worth checking out.

The kids enjoyed the ability to walk (run) the path stopping at the markers and learning about the Toltec.  And at least some sunk in because my oldest, who is definitely ADHD even retained some of what was read.

Sometimes you just have to sit in the dirt

And there was some shady areas, but the favorite part of the walk at least for the kids was the feeding of the turtles in the Mound Lake.

However, I would recommend doing the tour early at least in the summer, because we were definitely hot and sweaty by the end of it.  So we thought it would be the perfect time to visit the Little Rock Museum of Art.  And just in time, because they had an impressionist exhibit that was ending that weekend.

On the way back to our hotel, my husband noticed what looked like a submarine, so we had to go and investigate.  He was disturbed that he had missed that sub, but it was 11 o’clock pm when we drove into town the night before.  But it was indeed a submarine, so we decided to go take a look at the USS Razorback.

Trying out the cot

Assuming you are not claustrophobic, it is an interesting tour.  However, the stairs down and up into the sub can take your breath away

I have to climb those?

 

I really did not want to climb the stairs back up.  The ones down were somewhat terrifying.  Don’t ask me why.  But since I did not want to stay on the sub for the rest of my life, up the ladder I went.

Don’t get me wrong, it is an interesting tour and definitely worth checking out, if you are not claustrophobic, but it is also a little heart stopping, or at least the ladders are.  But how often do you get the chance to see a World War II sub?

 

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Dinosaurs and other matters

Sometimes my children just amaze me.  I know all parents say that sometimes, but today my oldest just floored me.  While waiting for my youngest son’s Tae Kwon Do class, he was forcing us to play “Guess which Dinosaur I am!”  Those of you without children might wonder how can a 40 pound, 5 year old force you to play a game, well you have never met my son.  He is super persistent, and just sure that facebooking on my iPhone was not what was supposed to be going on.

Any way back to “guess the dinosaur” he was on all fours.  And since I was not paying attention, I guessed a dog.  (Like I said I was not paying that close of attention, and actually thought we were playing guess the animal).  Both boys turned to me and said, “No mommy, we are playing guess the dinosaur.”  To which Spencer added, “I am really big.”  So I guessed “Brontosaurus.”

Spencer said “No, mommy.”

“Brachiosaurus?”

“Your right mommy.”

“Mom, there is not a dinosaur called a brontosaur.  That was a mistake, they put a different dinosaurs head on the wrong body, so there is no such thing.” said Trevor, my oldest.

“Are you sure?  Who told you that?”

“My teacher, Ms. Julie.”

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I had never heard that before in my life.  And I LOVED the brontosaurus in my youth.  To learn that it never existed, well that is one more item to the list of facts from school, that were not only inaccurate.  I did look it up by the way.  He is correct.  Here is the link explaining the whole fallacy

http://www.unmuseum.org/dinobront.htm

Apparently even while they were teaching it to me in the 1980s, it was known to be incorrect since the early 20th century.  Though the head issue did not come to full light until a controversy was sparked by stamps issued by the US Postal Service in 1989.    Additionally, the lifestyle of the Apatosaur/Brontosaur  we were taught we completely wrong.  This is due to the putting the wrong head on the wrong body.  Until today I had never heard of this.  I learned it from my almost 8 year old son

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